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SIPG Boss AVB Rants, Accuses Evergrande of Deliberate Car Crash

13 Septembre 2017

SIPG reached the ACL semi-finals with a 5-4 penalty shootout victory after squandering a 4-0 lead from the first leg.

SIPG boss Andre Villas-Boas used the post-match press conference to go on somewhat of a rant, accusing Guangzhou Evergrande and the Asian Football Federation of a multitude of sins, including deliberately causing a vehicle crash in front of the SIPG team bus on the way to the game.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea manager made the extraordinary claims during an explosive rant against Guangzhou following the dramatic quarter-final second-leg tie. The referee gives two red cards to our players. "We come here on the bus for this game and the same two cars separately had three accidents in front of us", Villas-Boas told China's online That's magazine.

"Zhang Linpeng should be suspended from this game because he used his elbow in the first game and he's not suspended because the committee of ethics and discipline at AFC did not judge an elbow as violent conduct".

However, Hulk's 110th-minute strike helped the game go to penalties with an aggregate score of 5-5, after Guangzhou's Ricardo Goulart levelled things in the 118th minute.

"This is the greatest achievement for SIPG ever because it looks like one club is dominating the AFC because this club can do everything. This is the problem", said the Portuguese. "This club can cause accidents".

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"The referee gave our goalkeeper a yellow card during the penalties and this is a disgrace".

Villas-Boas, whose side will face either Kawasaki Frontale or Urawa Reds of Japan in the last four, also raged against referee Faghani, who left SIPG with just nine men on the field at the end of 120 minutes.

Following SIPG's 4-0 rout last month in Shanghai, Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari claimed the air conditioning in the away changing room had been broken, describing it as "like a sauna".

Shanghai SIPG thought they had weathered the storm when Goulart hit the crossbar in the second half and they still held a two-goal aggregate lead with seven minutes left.

"I am so determined to win the Asian Champions League title with Al Hilal because it is the only tournament I have not been able to achieve with my team", said 27-year-old Brazilian Eduardo.

Guangzhou, the 2013 and 2015 continental champion, pulled two goals back in the first half thanks to Brazilian midfielder Alan Junior.

SIPG Boss AVB Rants, Accuses Evergrande of Deliberate Car Crash